In our inaugural episode, Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry is joined by publisher Lindy Hughson, and senior industry analyst for IBISWorld Tom Youl to talk about the title’s flagship product, its annual Top 100 Food & Drink Companies report.

Lindy provides us with a summary of Food & Drink Business’ history and the report.

Led by Kim and Tom, we then review the companies in 2019’s Top 10 and the factors in 2020 that are likely to influence their earnings including COVID, China's domestic market recovery and polarisation of the market towards the premium and budget ends of the range.

We also discuss the importance of brand reputation for companies weathering the COVID-19 storm and supporting their customers along with the on-going impacts from 2019’s drought on the meat industry compared to the benefits 2020’s increased rainfall will bring output of wheat, grain, fruits & vegetables.

The episode wraps up Tom providing his tips on which sectors will be star performers for this year’s Top 100.


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MC: Grant McHerron

Host: Kim Berry

Producer: Steve Visscher

Food & Drink Business - 2020

Packaging News

In a record year of entries, the annual Australasian Packaging Innovation and Design (PIDA) Awards program – coordinated by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) – has announced the finalists for 2021 across 11 categories. The list represents the cream of the crop in packaging design innovation and industry contribution for 2021.

Nestle Oceania has switched to recyclable paper packaging supplied by Amcor for its Smarties confectionery range in Australia, upgrading its manufacturing lines to accommodate the material change.

Global label printing giant, Multi-Color Corporation (MCC), is buying 58-year-old leading Australian provider of in-mould label solutions, Herrods, for an undisclosed sum.